Weaker vessel
Vessel Ves"sel, n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F. vascellum, dim. of vasculum, dim. of vas a vessel. Cf. {Vascular}, {Vase}.] 1. A hollow or concave utensil for holding anything; a hollow receptacle of any kind, as a hogshead, a barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a bowl, etc. [1913 Webster]

[They drank] out of these noble vessels. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A general name for any hollow structure made to float upon the water for purposes of navigation; especially, one that is larger than a common rowboat; as, a war vessel; a passenger vessel. [1913 Webster]

[He] began to build a vessel of huge bulk. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: A person regarded as receiving or containing something; esp. (Script.), one into whom something is conceived as poured, or in whom something is stored for use; as, vessels of wrath or mercy. [1913 Webster]

He is a chosen vessel unto me. --Acts ix. 15. [1913 Webster]

[The serpent] fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whom To enter. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Anat.) Any tube or canal in which the blood or other fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bot.) A continuous tube formed from superposed large cylindrical or prismatic cells (trache[ae]), which have lost their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition of secondary membranes; a duct. [1913 Webster]

{Acoustic vessels}. See under {Acoustic}.

{Weaker vessel}, a woman; -- now applied humorously. ``Giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel.'' --1 Peter iii. 7. ``You are the weaker vessel.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • weaker vessel — noun Etymology: so called from the metaphor in 1 Pet 3:7(AV) : woman * * * weaker vessel noun A woman (from the Bible, 1 Peter 3.7) • • • Main Entry: ↑weak * * * weaker vessel, = woman (in the Bible, I Peter 3:7). (Cf. ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • weaker vessel — noun A woman; women collectively. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel …   Wiktionary

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  • the weaker vessel — A woman (Bible, 1 Peter 3.7) • • • Main Entry: ↑vessel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vessel — Ves sel, n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F. vascellum, dim. of vasculum, dim. of vas a vessel. Cf. {Vascular}, {Vase}.] 1. A hollow or concave utensil for holding anything; a hollow receptacle of any kind, as a hogshead, a barrel, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vessel — ► NOUN 1) a ship or large boat. 2) a hollow container used to hold liquid. 3) a tube or duct conveying a fluid within an animal body or plant structure. 4) (in or alluding to biblical use) a person regarded as embodying a particular quality:… …   English terms dictionary

  • vessel — noun 1》 a ship or large boat. 2》 a hollow container used to hold liquid. 3》 Anatomy & Zoology a duct or canal conveying blood or other fluid.     ↘Botany any of the tubular structures in the vascular system of a plant, serving to conduct water… …   English new terms dictionary

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